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Artificial Intelligence Employed In New Google Search Tool

by Tony B. Lumpkin III on August 14, 2012

A report from the The New York Times describes a new Google search tool whose aim is to understand human meaning, take part in spoken conversations and, yes, even provide search results.  However the results are not only from the Internet but from users’ personal lives. The AI tool, which is set to be used by first million volunteers, will also incorporate a user’s Gmail messages to assist with searches.  Amit Singhal, Google Senior Vice President of Search, said the moves are “baby steps in the direction of making search truly universal” and toward building in artificial intelligence. Google emphasized that users can turn the search tool on or off as they wish. Mr. Singhal added, “We have to do this very carefully; we know that.”

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Carlton November 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

When many people hear the term, artificial intelligence’, they may get a bit uneasy because they begin to imagine a Terminator type dooms day scenario, or at least, a time period when computers intrude upon our privacy and monitor our every activity online. But if this is the start of a new movement in cyberspace, I welcome the opportunity to be among the first persons to understand it and benefit from it in rankings.

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Paul November 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Well, this can’t be a mere rumor if it came from a reputable source such as the New York Times, right? This would be somewhat consistent with other reports I have heard about that suggest that Google is changing the way they structure search engine rankings. Could we be on the cusp of a major change in cyberspace?

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James November 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I find this to be a fascinating subject. Is this really the genesis of a new age in cyberspace? Will this change SEO game and open the doors to less competitive websites the way the Google Panda has done? Will this form of artificial intelligence lead to a glorious new age of our civilization or be the end of everything we know? There are more questions than answers at this point.

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Nellie November 7, 2012 at 3:12 am

I saw a video report about their artificial intelligence and apparently, the technology has the ability to learn from even images. So it can look at an image and eventually be able to recognize what it is in terms of name. I suppose that is just one aspect of this technology.

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Ronnie November 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I heard that researchers from Google and Stanford connected 1,000 computers, turned them loose on 10 million YouTube stills for three days, and watched as they learned to identify cat faces. But what’s most fascinating about the study is that the researchers didn’t actually tell the computers to look for cat faces. The machines started doing that on their own. Sounds creepy if the scale increases and the military want to experiment with it.

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Francisco November 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

This sounds great but is it going to sound great and then cause everyone a bunch of headaches because it doesn’t work like it should? I remember thinking that Penguin and Panda were going to be great too but they have caused a lot of problems along the way. Thank you for the heads up ad I will keep my eyes open regarding changes.

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Thea November 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I can’t believe that they are doing this but I guess that is par for the course with Google they are probably the most innovative company out there and they are not afraid to try new things often. I just hope that this goes better than the last couple of things that they tried. Thank you for posting this keep up the good work and keep the updates coming.

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Donna November 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

The search results they are talking about here sound like a good deal but I was wondering what they will do if this turns out to be worse than they thought and the search results start kicking back things that they really don’t want out there? This could be good or it could go terribly wrong as well.

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Julia November 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I am not exactly sure what the ramifications or benefits are of there being computers that are constantly learning. It sounds promising, but it conjures up thoughts of a science fiction scenario where the computers learn too much and become intelligent and self aware. I know that would be a stretch, but it certainly would change the SEO game.

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Pam November 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of humans and computers, which he describes in his book The Singularity Is Near. In an interview, he was asked many of the questions that Google’s A.I. raises. what it will mean to have the intelligence of IBM’s Watson computer at our fingertips?

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